Saddleback Wife – more slow living in Tasmania

Leaving behind everything we knew in the cities of England and Australia, we moved our family to rural Tasmania before it was fashionable to do so, and set ourselves up on five acres. The adventures of our first five years became the material for my first memoir, Apple Island Wife – Slow Living in Tasmania.

Apple Island Wife in e-book and paperback

Later this year comes the publication of a sequel, Saddleback Wife, what happened when we unexpectedly became free-range pig farmers. Oliver, my husband, was raised on a farm in Suffolk. How hard could it be? With little more knowledge than this, we launched a gourmet farm and food venture, raising Wessex Saddleback pigs in the block bush on our land.

A crowd of Wessex Saddleback piglets and a sow in Tasmania

When you have pigs, you have pork. Failing to find a good English-style sausage in the whole of Australia, Oliver set about making his own. Then he tried bacon, smoking it in a converted double fridge he set up outside his workshop.

Meanwhile, I became acquainted with the farming women of Tasmania and the land they loved. I began writing about them, and about the gourmet food and wine scene of Tasmania.

Finding ourselves behind the counter of a market stall selling premium Saddleback pork, we began to think more about meat, how much of it we eat, the decisions livestock farmers face, and the cost to the animal.

A family at their market stall in Tasmania

Saddleback Wife weaves our story as unexpected pig farmers with those of the passionate farmers and food producers dotted around the island. A tour-de-force of the Tasmanian food scene, it’s a love story to the island we now call home.

Saddleback Wife is due out later in 2022. For further news of its release, please click on the ‘Subscribe’ button to the right.

Other books by Fiona Stocker

Apple Island Wife by Fiona Stocker

Apple Island Wife – Slow Living in Tasmania is available in paperback and e-book. Buy now online.

Sissinghurst Day, a short story, is available in paperback and e-book. Buy now online.


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